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Nevada DOT Adds US 95 Electric Charging Station in Continued Buildup of EV Infrastructure

The Nevada Department of Transportation, Gov. Brian Sandoval and the Governor's Office of Energy recently marked the expansion of the U.S. 95 "Nevada Electric Highway" by activating a new electric vehicle charging station at Veterans Memorial Park in Hawthorne.

Located at the junction of U.S. 95 and Business U.S. 95 in the downtown Hawthorne, the station has one DC charger and one AC level 2 charger to provide free charging for all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles traveling the route.

It was partly funded through license fees assessed on transportation network/ridesharing companies operating in Nevada.

nevcharger.jpgInstalled through a state DOT contract, the announcement said that is the third state-sponsored charging station on U.S. 95, joining charging stations at Fox Peak Station in Fallon and Eddie's World gas station in Beatty.

A future charging station is already under development in Tonopah, the DOT said, in addition to state-sponsored charging stations available along parts of U.S. 93.

The DOT said the station's DC charger can "substantially charge" a vehicle in less than one hour, while the AC level 2 charger "typically requires several hours for a full charge."

It described the Nevada Electric Highway as a partnership between the state, electric utilities and private entities to expand Nevada's electric vehicle infrastructure "at strategic and cost-effective locations across the state highway system, providing safer, easier travel by electric and hybrid vehicles and reducing 'range anxiety'" for drivers concerned about finding such recharge options when they travel.

"Nevada recognizes that electric and alternative fuel vehicles will play a key role in the state's transportation future," the announcement said. "The state's forward-thinking electric vehicle strategy will help connect the West's thriving electric vehicle market to tourist destinations in Reno/Lake Tahoe, Las Vegas and beyond."

The DOT noted that Nevada is part of a multistate initiative, known as the Regional Electric Vehicle Plan for the West or REV West Plan, to develop EV charging networks on key western interstates and other major highways. And the Federal Highway Administration has designated I-15 as an alternative fuel corridor, "further illustrating the need for electric vehicle infrastructure to connect the region," it said.

Photo / Nevada DOT

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